Destination guide

Pretty in pink—a colorful landscape unfurled

Whether you're in the market for a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, Toulouse, the capital of France's Occitanie region, caters to a variety of interests. With the sleepy Garonne River cutting through Old Town—a cozy neighborhood filled with narrow, brick-lined streets—the city offers a charming landscape. Book a Toulouse vacation rental and you'll never be far from the city's famed pink skyline, made possible by the terracotta bricks used in many of its buildings. You'll also have the chance to breath in fresh air as you explore the lush parks and quaint canals throughout the region.

Things to do

From spires to space shuttles, this city has it all

Churches dominate the landscape in Toulouse, including the 13th-century Roman Catholic Toulouse Cathedral and the 11th-century Basilica of Saint-Sernin. If you really want to step back in time, pay a visit to Notre-Dame de la Daurade, a former Apollo temple turned basilica. But the city's past, present, and future are all represented at the Cite de l'espace, a theme park with exhibits on the history of aviation and space travel, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Musee des Augustins offers a fine collection of art from across the ages, including works created from the Middle Ages through the 20th century.

Activities

Make nature your home—go play outside!

You may love your Toulouse vacation rental, but there's a whole city and countryside outside your door waiting to be discovered. For starters, the 17th-century Canal du Midi is a 150-mile waterway—which you can explore by boat, bike, or on foot—that connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean. Stop and smell the roses at Jardin des Plantes, a 17-acre public park and botanical garden. When you need a breather, stop in Old Town and unwind with a drink at an outdoor cafe with views of the Capitole de Toulouse, an ornate, 18th-century Neoclassical building that serves as city hall.

Weather

Look to the skies—rain and snow heading your way

In the hunt for a spot with a mild Mediterranean climate? Your Toulouse vacation rental lets you enjoy warm but comfortable summers with sunshine and highs in the low 80s. Things start to cool off a bit in the fall, but even then, highs hover around the mid-50s. Winter typically sees temperatures staying above freezing, but don't be surprised if you get a light dusting of snow in January and February. The city enjoys steady rain throughout the year so always keep an umbrella handy, particularly during the spring, the city's dampest season.

Natural features

A watery wonderland from sea to shining sea

Tucked away near the border with Spain, Toulouse sits halfway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. While waterways, from the Canal du Midi to the Garonne, flow across the landscape, the city's most iconic symbol is a flower: the violet. There's nothing like a walk through the city when this flower is blooming and purple patches pop up across the scenery. If you really want to get lost in a colorful setting, the Pyrenees Ariegeoises Natural Regional Park is a 2-hour drive south. There you can hike across white-capped mountainous and green valleys dotted with sparkling blue lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Toulouse

Fly into Toulouse (TLS-Blagnac), the closest airport, located 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Castres (DCM-Mazamet), which is 42.5 mi (68.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Toulouse Matabiau Station, St. Cyprien-Arenes Station and Toulouse St-Agne Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Toulouse by catching a ride on the metro at Capitole Station, Jean-Jaurès Metro Station or Esquirol Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Toulouse?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 856 vacation rentals near Toulouse. From 159 Houses to 557 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Toulouse for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Toulouse?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toulouse:

  • Capitole: 342 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Étienne: 293 vacation rentals
  • Arnaud Bernard: 324 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Georges: 304 vacation rentals
  • Les Chalets: 387 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Toulouse?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Toulouse. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Museum of Natural History Toulouse: 850 vacation rentals
  • La Prairie Des Filtres: 836 vacation rentals
  • University of Toulouse III: 851 vacation rentals
  • Place Wilson: 848 vacation rentals
  • Toulouse Exhibition Center: 847 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Toulouse listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Toulouse?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 159 Houses in Toulouse. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Toulouse include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 557 rentals available
  • Villas: 21 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Toulouse?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 159 vacation rentals with pool available in Toulouse. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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